The band The Rides, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, will make their debut on Sunday, Nov. 3, as it joins performers Lucinda Williams and L.P. for public radio station 88.5-FM KCSN/Los Angeles’ 2013 Benefit Concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge.
Tickets will be available pre-sale to KCSN listeners beginning today, Oct. 10. Sales to the general public begin Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and the Valley Performing Arts Center Box Office.
“KCSN is building a great tradition with our benefit concert series,” said KCSN’s General Manager and Program Director Sky Daniels. “First, it was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; then Jackson Browne; now we have Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame member Stephen Stills, five-time Grammy-nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues-legend Barry Goldberg launching the debut of their new band, The Rides. In keeping with the KCSN tradition, the iconic Lucinda Williams will also be starring, and we get to showcase L.P., one of the special new talents in Los Angeles.”
Launching a new chapter in the storied careers of its members, The Rides—which Stills dubs “the blues band of my dreams”—is further powered by the explosive addition of bassist Kevin McCormick and Shepherd’s longtime drummer Chris Layton, who is also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble. The Rides’ debut album, “Can’t Get Enough,” helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, demonstrates the guitar-hero status of both Stills and Shepherd, featuring a hard-hitting mix of Stills-, Goldberg- and Shepherd-penned blues/rock originals, and classic blues tunes.
Lucinda Williams is a KCSN icon and has been hailed by Time Magazine as “America’s best songwriter.” The three-time Grammy winner’s most recent effort, “Blessed,” was nominated for “Best Americana Album” last year.
L.P.’s appearance at the concert continues KCSN’s tradition of showcasing the most promising of local Los Angeles talents. Esquire and Vogue magazines last year both featured L.P. as the “artist to watch.” Described as “a cross between a young Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan,” L.P.’s forthcoming album is one of the year’s most anticipated new releases.
As a service of California State University, Northridge, KCSN offers a 24-hour, commercial-free blend of rock, Alternative, soul, blues and Americana, including a wide range of artists such as Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Steve Earle and Kings of Leon. The station’s programming is also available on the station’s HD1 channel and online at KCSN.org.